Stephen Luft


2720 CL

F: 412-624-3458


  • PhD, Japanese language pedagogy, 2014, The Ohio State University
  • MA, Japanese language pedagogy, 2007, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Japanese, 2005, Brigham Young University

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-11:50 and by appointment.


I find teaching and learning Japanese to be both immensely challenging and immensely rewarding. The challenge of teaching and learning a foreign culture, where using vocabulary and grammar well is the tip of the iceberg, I find fascinating. I try to instill in students a greater understanding of their own culture as well as Japanese culture in all my teaching.

In regard to research interests, I am interested in East Asian second language acquisition and second language pedagogy. Specifically, I am interested in what students do outside of class to study the language and how their out-of-class study efforts might be made more effective. I am also interested in how assessment, particularly daily grading, affects students’ language learning inside and outside the classroom.

Courses Taught

  • First Year Japanese: Fall, 2013
  • Fourth Year Japanese: Fall, 2013
  • First Year Japanese: Spring, 2014
  • Pragmatics of Japanese: Spring, 2014
  • Third Year Japanese: Fall, 2014
  • Fourth Year Japanese: Fall, 2014

Conference Presentations

  • Luft, S. D. (March 2013). How reliable is daily grading? An investigation of the inter-rater reliability of daily grades assigned by trained teachers. Paper presented at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese Annual Spring Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Luft, S. D. (September 2012). Japanese language learners’ preparation for class: Case studies in a performed culture-based program. Paper presented at the 61st Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Kalamazoo, Michigan.